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A year ago, we here at thunder::tech began to wonder something: If we looked at the websites of the country’s top companies on our smartphones, how would they look?
After looking at companies on a national level and learning that a surprising number of business leaders were behind on the mobile trend. Then we turned our curiosity to Chicago websites and put Crain’s Chicago Business’ top 100 companies to the test.
See how they fared in thunder::tech’s Mobile White Paper 2013 – Chicago Edition
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thunder::tech team member Matt Stevens was one of the first people in the country to purchase and try out Google Glass as part of the Glass Explorers program. Be sure to read about his experience flying from Cleveland to New York to pick up and learn about the device in part 1 of his post. Then pick up the rest of his travel log and discover his initial thoughts on Glass in part 2.
The next day, July 11, 2013
9:45 a.m. Takeoff. Finally on my way back to Cleveland.
10:30 a.m. Decided to turn on Glass for a second to take a quick in-flight video.Read More...
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A few months ago, I was one of several thunder::tech employees who applied to be a Google Glass Explorer—a group of only 8,000 who would be the first to get to purchase and experience Glass. My entry was selected and a couple months later, I received an invitation to purchase Glass and travel to New York to pick and receive a one-on-one introduction to the device with a Glass Guide.
Glass is a head-mounted display that projects information right in front of your eye through a prism. To share the pickup experience with all of you, I created a log of my journey and initial thoughts on the device.
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I recently returned from the 2013 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show, which is an annual trade show for broadcast, cinema and video production professionals to learn about the latest technology and innovations within the industry. Along with attending sessions lead by Hollywood and TV directors, cinematographers and producers, I got to learn about the latest trends in production and delivery technology on the show floor. This included the latest Ultra HD cameras, remote control helicopters, LED studio lighting, virtual sets, social media moderation for broadcast & digital signage, Steadi-Cams for iPhones, more powerful and efficient post-production software and much more. The following are three overall trends from this year's show.
Ultra HD/4K was everywhere
The hype of 3D at NAB 2012 has been replaced with Ultra HD (UHDTV) at this year's show. UHDTV is the general marketing term for 4K and 8K video resolution standards. This refers to video resolutions that are roughly four-eight times that of 1080p (full HD). You may be thinking, “my HDTV looks awesome, why would I need something better?” Take my word for it. It's noticeably better, especially on large displays. The best way I can describe it is that even close up, it looks like a fine photographic print. Although mainstream adoption of UHDTV is probably many years off (the display below costs around $20,000), eventually it will be adopted as a standard that replaces HD. That said, it does have some practical uses right now.
Sony's 84" 4K Ultra HD TV with added graphic comparing 4K to HD and other standards.
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If you're amazed by today's current smartphone technology, just wait. They are going to look like cassette players in the next five years or so.
My watch shows who's calling, my scale can tweet, my bike and heart rate monitor correspond with my smartphone and the light switches in my home are connected to the Internet. This isn't Disney’s Tomorrowland; this all exists right now. And it’s just the beginning. More and more devices we use every day are going to be connected to each other and the Internet in ways we can hardly imagine today.
The Pebble smartwatch is one of the devices mentioned above. It was part of a highly-successful Kickstarter campaign in early 2012 and they've just started shipping over the past few months—mine came last week after 10 months of patiently waiting. The watch pairs with an iOS or Android phone via Bluetooth and displays text messages, emails, calls and other alerts. It can also control music playing on a smartphone. Read More...
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